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in just hours, republicans running for president face-off on the cnn debate stage. will donald trump hold on to the frontrunner status or will those climbing get their break through? good morning. i'm christine romans in new york. >> and i'm john berman in the venetian theater. it is tuesday, december 15th. it is 4:00 a.m. in the east. tonight is the night. behind me is the stage. nine republican presidential
candidates will walk on the main stage. donald trump is first in the polls. beside him ben carson and ted cruz. and carly fiorina and john kasich and rand paul. donald trump way out in front in national polls. the cnn poll of polls, all of the polls matched together, show him with 33%. ted cruz is now in second place in the poll of polls. marco rubio in third. trump ahead by double digits in most national polling. including this one from monmouth university has trump at 41%, 27 points ahead of ted cruz. this was just one of many things that trump was bragging about at a raucous rally here in las vegas overnight. cnn's sara murray brings us the
latest on that. >> reporter: good morning, john. hours before the cnn debate, campaigning here in las vegas, nevada, donald trump approached ted cruz with kid gloves. he could not help but mention a monmouth university poll has him ahead. 41%. >> i heard today when they announced the poll. 41 to 14. here is how they announced. cruz surging. so what i heard is, this was on television, cruz surging. i said that sounds bad to me. coming up, cruz surging. then they say the monmouth poll was just done. trump 41. cruz, 14. i said what's going on. >> reporter: and there have been sharper elbows with trump and cruz, trump brought none of that last night. we will have to see if that
carries over to the debate stage. donald trump was not sticking his head in the sand. he expects his competitors to come after him. >> we are watching television and announcers saying who will take on trump tonight. who will hit him hardest. i would say bring them on. who cares. i would say it won't be like an evening in paradise for me do. we agree? >> reporter: after a speech that went on for nearly an hour and interrupted by protests and trump tried to say he was toughest on national security. that is how he left. back to you. >> sara murray for us inside a loud rally here in las vegas. donald trump has been the frontrunner for each republican debate. tonight, he has a new next door neighbor. that is senator ted cruz from texas. the cnn poll of polls from iowa
shows ted cruz actually leading donald trump by two points there. in new hampshire, trump is out in front. so ted cruz and marco rubio have their own problems. namely each other. two young senators. sons of cuban immigrants. will they get in a boxing match on the stage? we have cnn's jeff zeleny with that. >> reporter: john, one of the things to watch is ted cruz and marco rubio. the freshmen senators going head-to-head on the votes on substantive matters. for all of the blustern the campai campaign, we will see them say they are not tough enough. he will call votes into question. at the same time, senator cruz
will challenge marco rubio on immigration votes. it is these two republican senators. one from texas, one from florida that are the future of the party. that is what marco rubio talked about last night here in las vegas. >> it is our turn. the time for us to act is now from what we have before us is the opportunity to be the authors ever the most extraordinary p chchapter in th most amazing story in the history of america. >> reporter: he calls himself the next generation of republican leaders. he will bring in a knnew era of the party. trump will say they are not experienced enough to be president. if republicans are looking for a way forward and generation and path, marco rubio says he is that type of candidate. for all of the dynamics to watch, ted cruz and marco rubio are among the stop. john. >> thanks, jeff.
what about chris christie? he has seen a bump in new hampshire polls. christie picked up an important endorsement in new hampshire. a vfw. the local head of the former vfw just endorsed him. jeb bush with a new attack on donald trump. he sat down with the board of the review journal newspaper. bush said that trump exploits voter disgust with washington for his own political advantage. >> he is not a serious person. he is a masterful politician. he, as i described it, he uses dog whistle language to divide the country. i cannot imagine donald trump becoming president because he would never win. he would never win. hillary clinton would clean him. >> that was jeb bush. another candidate on the stage
looking for a big night. carly fiorina. she has a couple of events here in nevada tomorrow. then she heads to iowa this weekend for a swing. this will be the eighth weekend in a row she has campaigned in iowa. fiorina is polling right now about 2% in the hawkeye state. the action begins here at 6:00 p.m. eastern inside the venetian theater. that is the undercard debate and then at 8:30, the nine candidates only here on cnn. what a night it will be. that, of course, the republican side of the race. hillary clinton running for the democratic nomination. she is slamming her top republican rivals for a lot of things. one of them is positions on immigration. the frontrunner for the democrats talked about marco rubio describing his views out of step with most americans. she blasted donald trump without
mentioning his name. >> they promised if elected to round up and deport millions of people. build a wall and after the terrorist shootings in san bernardino and at a time a lot of americans are fearful about future attacks here at home, some candidates are even stoking those fears more and turning people against muslim-americans. >> clinton says she favors a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. she is calling for health care access for all immigrant families regardless of legal stat status. christine, this is the last republican debate of the year. this is the first debate since the attacks in paris and san
bernardino. wolf blitzer will address national security. >> who is the candidate to keep america safe? who has the real priorities that is not just sloganeering, but will keep america safe? that is the key focus. we know from all of these polls, john, that's what people want to know. when you look at the percentage of americans who are concerned about an isis style attack in the united states who are concerned about isis in general, those numbers have been going up, up, up. >> and again, in all of these polls the last week taken after donald trump's proposal to ban muslims from entering the united states, he has gone up in the national polls. he is rated highly by republican primary voters on the attributes. >> john, we will get back to you. a lot going on at this late or early hour. i can never tell. >> both. >> right. president obama trying to reassure americans in the battle against isis what he says is
ukraine is also on the table with kerry. let's bring in cnn's jill dougherty with more. where are they finding common ground here? >> reporter: i think one thing you can say is secretary kerry found at the top common ground by they both agreeing they will not negotiate with isis. that, of course, is the easy part. the real detail is how do you get to political transition in syria. that's what they are pushing for. both sides. it is the details that are very complex. you just have to mention they agree that there will be a transition that will rewrite the constitution and have a cease-fire and go to elections, et cetera. it is defining who participates
in this, christine. one issue is the opposition. the people on the ground who are fighting. who comes in? who sits at the table with some type of governmental representation? these are the complexities. it's really a lot to talk about. the main act, of course, will be later today when secretary kerry sits down with president putin. >> many subjects talking about syria. so many intricate differences with the countries. you talk about ukraine. do you think there's any potential for moving forward on the ukraine issue? these countries, these leaders have seen starkly different realities, united states and russia on ukraine. >> reporter: they have. that situation, although they will discuss it, has been on the sideline, frozen into position. one of the problems right now is the disarray in the ukrainian
government and economic problems. they did get more money from the international bodies, but really there's a lot of problems right now in ukraine and that is one thing they will have to discuss. i think syria, the push right now is to get as much decided before meeting on friday in new york at the united nations where they really want to go through and try to push forward on some type of transition. >> jill dougherty in moscow. nice to see you. keep us up to date. president obama calling on america's allies in the middle east to do more in the war against isis. the president is growing increasingly frustrated with countries like saudi arabia. he wants the saudis to help him form an arab coalition of ground forces to fight the terrorists in syria and iraq. we get more in morning from senior white house correspondent jim acosta.
>> reporter: whether the president growing action, he stopped by the pentagon where he offered up a commander in chief image with war time rhetoric to match. he met with the security team for a deep dive into the campaign to defeat isis. so far, mr. obama said the u.s.-led coalition delivered 9,000 air strikes to give up 40% of the territory. he sharpened his message on isis warning leaders of the group they will be destroyed. here is what he had to say. >> we are hitting isil harder than ever. the point is isil leaders cannot hide and our next message to them is you are next. >> reporter: another message is tolerance. something breached on the conference call with muslim and other religious leaders. in response to donald trump for the president not blasting
extremists. he will return to the sales pitch on isis later in the week when he visits the national counter terrorism center on thursday. christine. thank you, jim. a maryland man arrested for allegedly taking thousands of dollars from isis operatives overseas to fund a terror attack here. 30-year-old muhammad el shinawa received several hundred dollars from militants. he was arrested after a five-month surveillance operation. agents did not uncover specific plans for an attack, but they consider it significant. new details about critical clues missed by law enforcement over the terrorist tashfeen malik. tashfeen malik sent two private facebook messages to friends in pakistan in 2012 and 2014 expressing support for jihad.
she hoped to join the fight as a jihadist. malik and her husband declared their allegiance on facebook. bowe bergdahl is charged with desertion and could be faced with life in prison. he spent five years in captivity until president obama brought him home. his attorneys claim he was suffering from a mental defect when he walked away from his post. 19 minutes past the hour. time for an early start on your money. asian stocks fell overnight. u.s. stock futures higher. three stories in markets today. the big show later this morning. janet yellen sits down for the two-day meeting and widely expected to finish with a interest rate hike. a crisis over junk bonds and if that will spread. the third story this morning.
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that is the stage. it is right behind me. this is where in just 13 and a half hours, republican candidates will march on debating each other in the final republican presidential debate of 2015. it a beautiful hall. the venetian theater. the showdown in the room could be between donald trump and ted cruz. ted cruz running in second place. in iowa, they are virtually tied. iowa, of course, the first
voting state. what happens after that? cnn's tom foreman runs through the schedule. >> reporter: let's look at the early states. they all go off in february and they're votes divided proportionately based on the candidates. iowa is first. we have been talking about it. trump and cruz are virtually tied. they would split the 27 delegates almost evenly if the vote happened today. in new hampshire, trump has a bigger lead. in second is chris christie apparent ruband marco rubio and ted cruz. then it is ben carson, ted cruz and marco rubio. then in nevada, it is donald trump out front. second place is ben carson. you can see the challenge in the debate. these candidates for the first rush have to try to knock donald
trump do trump down. if they cannot do that, somebody has to be a strong second place or the race is over fast. once you get past the first rush in february. look at march. you have 13 states in one day with hundreds of delegates in play. we don't have great polling out here to know how the candidates are doing. we know that in many states, donald trump's agenda plays very, very well. again, that's why this debate matters so very much. it is the last face-to-face chance these other candidates have to stop his momentum if they want to keep this race alive and not have it over really fast. >> thanks, tom for that. one of the reasons this debate here in the room tonight is so important. there are new polls out this morning shaking things up. who is gaining traction? who is falling fast? what does it mean when the nine
year. weeks before early state voting begins. who will come out swinging? who needs to emerge? welcome back to "early start." i'm christine romans in new york. >> and i'm john berman inside the venetian in las vegas, nevada. site of the cnn republican debate. about 30 minutes past the hour right now. tonight is the night. this is the room. the venetian theater at the lovely venetian las vegas. you can get a look at the stage behind me right now. it is empty in the wee hours in the morning in the casino resort. tonight, in 13 hours and 28 minutes and 33 seconds, it will be full of drama. nine candidates take the main stage. donald trump will be there. on one side, ben carson, on the other side, ted cruz, surging in some polls. marco rubio, jeb bush, carly
fiorina and john kasich and rand paul and chris christie. donald trump is out in front in national polling. the poll of polls showing donald trump in first and ted cruz in second and marco rubio in third. you can see the margins there. some polls have it larger. including this one from monmouth university which shows trump at 41%. i think 27 points ahead of ted cruz. that was just one of many things that trump was bragging about in a raucous rally here in las vegas. cnn's sara murray inside the loud hall. sa sara. >> reporter: good morning, john. hours before the debate here in vegas, donald trump approached ted cruz with kid gloves. he could not help but mention a new monmouth university poll shows him leading 41% to ted
cruz's 14%. >> i heard today when they announced the poll. 41 to 14. i like cruz. good guy. i heard here is how they announced. cruz surging. so what i heard, this was on television, cruz surging. i said i don't know. that sounds bad to me. coming up, cruz surging. then they say the monmouth poll was just done. cruz is surging. trump, 41. cruz, 14. >> reporter: although there have been sharper elbows with trump and cruz lately, you saw trump brought none of that to the stump last night. we will see if that carries over to the debate stage. donald trump was not sticking his head in the sand. he fully expects his competitors to come after him. >> we are watching television and hearing all of the announcers saying who will take on trump tonight? who will hit him hard. yeah, i would say bring them on.
who cares. i would say it won't be like an evening in paradise for me. >> reporter: after a speech that went on for nearly an hour and interrupted by protests and trump tried to cast himself as toughest on national security. he left that with cheering fans. back to you, john. >> thanks, sara murray for that. you heard donald trump talking about it. he knows his newest foe in the race is ted cruz. his newest next doing neighbor on the stage. the texas senator surging in polls and jumping out in front in some iowa polls. you can see cnn's poll of polls in iowa with ted cruz with a two point advantage. new hampshire is a different story. in the poll of polls there, donald trump is out in front. it is marco rubio in second place in new hampshire. ted cruz and marco rubio have their own problems.
namely each other. they are two young senators. sons of cuban immigrants. will they get in their boxing match while donald trump stands back to watch? we have jeff zeleny with more on that. >> reporter: john, of all of the things to watch, one of them is ted cruz and marco rubio. going head-to-head on a variety of votes on substantive matters. we are going to hear reassessment of the voting record of the candidates. senator rubio is trying on senator cruz saying he is not tough enough on national security. at the same time, cruz will challenge rubio on the immigration vote. it is the two republican senators that really are the future of the party. that's what marco rubio talked about last night here in las vegas. >> it is our turn. the time for us to act is now.
for what we have before us is the opportunity to be the authors of the most extraordinary chapter in the amazing story of america. >> reporter: that bit of biography is something he talks about. he believes he is the person to usher in the new era for the party. marco rubio and ted cruz are about the same age. donald trump is 25 years older than them. he will say they are not experienced enough to be president. if republicans are looking for a way forward and new path, marco rubio says he is that type of candidate. so far all of the dynamics to watch on stage tonight, ted cruz and marco rubio are certainly among the top. john. >> trump, cruz, rubio, just some of the story lines to follow here on the debate stage. there are so many more. chris christie has seen a bump in new hampshire polls. enough to put him back on the main stage after a detour at the
under card. christie picked up an endor endorsement in new hampshire. jeb bush who has slipped a lot in most national polling. he was in las vegas early. he had a new attack on donald trump. he sat down with the editorial board of the general review newspaper. bush said trump exploits voters disgust with washington for his own political advantage. >> he is not a serious person. he is a masterful politician. he, as i described it, he uses dog whistle language to divide the country. i cannot imagine donald trump becoming president because he would never win. he would never win. hillary clinton would clean him. >> all right. what about carly fiorina? she had some strong debate performances early on. she, too, has slipped in polling. she has a couple of events here in nevada around this debate.
then she heads to another swing through iowa this weekend. that makes the eighth weekend in a row she campaigned in iowa. she is polling 2% there. all of the action is tonight. i'm looking at the screen. 13 hours, 22 minutes and 4 seconds in the venetian theater. undercard at 6:00 p.m. the main stage action at 8:30 eastern time. it is only here on cnn. as we said, this is the final republican debate of 2015. that's the republican side. on the democratic side, hillary clinton is going after her republican rivals. mainly for positions on immigration. the democratic front runner called out marco rubio in a speech to the national immigration conference describing her words as extreme and out of step with most americans. she blasted donald trump without mentioning his name. >> they promised if elected to
round up and deport millions of people, build a wall, tear families apart. after the terrorists shootings in san bernardino and at a time that americans are fearful about future attacks here at home, some candidates are even stoking those fears more and turning people against muslim-americans. >> clinton says she favors a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. she is calling for expanded health care access regardless of legal status. christine romans, this is the last republican debate of 2015. traditionally, what happens is over christmas and new year's, candidates pull back a bit. things settle in to place. if that plays out the way it has in the past, that makes this debate more important. they want to get their message
out one last time before people open up presents. >> john, the folks in iowa are not expecting a vacation from the bombardment they have had over the past six months. they are expecting to continue to have the candidates on the ground all through the holidays. it is so important. let me say a couple of words here. rudy giuliani, mike huckabee, rick santorum. there are other names that have emerged at this stage of the calendar before only to fade. what is the risk of peaking too early? some of the candidates just want to peak. they want to peak against donald trump. also at this stage of the game, it is unpredictable, isn't it? >> look, it is. i think a lot of people have looked at the past and rudy giuliani was out in front in 2007 at this time. he disappeared in 2008. this campaign feels different. all together. everything about this race so far is different. it is hard to compare a little bit to the past. you have seen marco rubio and ted cruz in particular be
patient. they have been waiting. they have wanted to make sure that as it gets to actual voting in iowa and new hampshire, that is when they go out in front. you could make the case that ted cruz is speaking early than he would have thought ideally. you take what you can get when you can get it. he has strong grassroots support in iowa. most people i talked to in iowa think he has the organizational power to maintain his position there all the way to february 1st. >> you get out of the airport in des moines and take a left on floeur drive and it is carson country. shows how fascinating this timing is and also for ben carson. john, republicans are anxious about the economy, too. who would manage it better? the billionaire brass of donald trump or challenger ted cruz? here is the score from the tax foundation think tank. trump has the edge.
5.3 million jobs over the next decade. cruz is not far behind with 4.9 million added. cruz wins according to the tax foundation. cruz as the simple plan in the gop field. he would scrap the seven income tax brackets. he would kill the corporate and switch to a 16% value added tax. a fee on sales and wages. trump would move to three tax and reduce the corporate to 15%. tax foundation says cruz's plan is one of the best for boosting growth. 42 minutes past the hour. president obama trying to reassure americans in the battle against isis what he says is working and what he still needs to be done. next.
house correspondent jim acosta. >> reporter: christine, with the public growing anxious about the plan to destroy isis, president obama offered up a commander in chief image with war time rhetoric to match. he met with every member of the national security team for a deep dive into the campaign to defeat isis. so far, mr. obama said the u.s. coalition delivered 9,000 air strikes against isis and targeting the oil and forcing them to give up 40% of the territory. he acknowledged progress is not coming fast enough. he is warning leaders of the group of isis they will be destroyed. here is what he had to say. >> we are hitting isil harder than ever. our next message to them is you are next. >> reporter: tolerance is something religious leaders have expressed after donald trump
condemned the extremists. he will return to the sales pitch on isis later in the week when he visits the council terrorism center on wednesday. thank you, jim. a man arrested by the fbi to take thousands from the isis groups to fund a terror attack in the u.s. the 30-year-old received at least $8,700 from several overseas backers. he was arrested after a five-month operation. agents uncovered no specific plans for an attack by the suspect. they consider this case significant. new details about critical clues missed by law enforcement missed in the san bernardino shooter tashfeen malik. malik sent two private facebook messages to friends in pakistan
in 2012 and 2014 for jihad. malik and her husband declared their allegiance to isis on facebook on the day of the shooting. and bowe bergdahl is charged with desertion and could be sentenced to life in prison. bergdahl spent five years in captivity until the obama administration brought him home for a prisoner swap. bergdahl's attorneys claim their client was suffering from a mental defect when he walked away. bill cosby striking back against the women who accused him of sexual assault. the comedian counter suing seven women who sued him for defamation. claiming they defamed him. he is seeking unspecified damages. the actor said his reputation is marred so badly, it cost him a
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secretary of state john kerry in moscow trying to reach a plan to end the war in syria. he is sitting down with sergei lavrov. he meets president putin in hours. russia's military incursion in ukraine is also on the table this morning. i want to go live to moscow and bring in jill dougherty. jill, the handshake shows the two parties are talking. there is so much work to do. where is there common ground here between the united states and russia on the serious issue? >> reporter: i think you have to say the common ground is to have some type of political transition in syria and end that war by putting the transition together, having the syrians
write a new constitution. eventually have elections. it all seems very much in the future. right now, the country is deeply at war. that's the task. so, secretary kerry has been meeting with minister lavrov and then this afternoon, the very important meeting with president putin. sitting down eye to eye talking about president putin's vision of where they should go. as you said, there are numerous issues. i would point out one, what about the opposition? the opposition have been fighting the assad regime. now somebody will have to sit down and work on some type of transition. who will they be? russia is very critical of the opposition for a long time. now they are saying their air strikes are helping the free syrian army, which is one of the main groups. you have a lot of flux right
now. i would say that's one of the key issues. who sits at the table? >> who sits at the table and whether bashar al assad has a place at the table in the future. that is a sticking point with the u.s. and russia. >> reporter: absolutely. the russians are very adamant. there is a lot of chris sicritim the russian government. essentially the united states want regime change and the u.s. is not interested in any type of democratic process. this is all coming from russian media. but behind the scenes, i think it really is true that sergei lavrov and john kerry know each other very well. they will try to figure out some of the details, but the decider is president putin. >> jill dougherty for us in moscow. thank you. keep us posted. let's get an early start on your money. three stories in markets. the big show.
janet yellen and fed officials sit down for a meeting widely expected to finish with an interest rate hike. in credit markets, a debate of the crisis of junk bonds will spread. oil is in a bear market. what is causing the drop? a supply boom. concerns about the coming surge in iranian oil production. rising interest rates will not stop home buyers. 70% of those looking to buy a home would not change their plans if mortgage rates rise to 4.5%. about half would look for a smaller home or a less expensive option. zillow finds the increase would be $25 or less. next year is expected to be a good year for home buyers. more inventory on the market next week.
are hoverboards on your christmas list? good luck finding one on amazon. they stopped selling most hoverboard models after reports they were catching on fire. amazon wants sellers to improve the safety standards. the investigation of ten fires in states. e-bay, walmart still sell certain models of hoverboards. "early start" continues right now. all right. in just hours, republicans running for president face-off on the cnn debate stage. 13 hours exactly. will donald trump be able to hold on to his frontrunner status or will those climbing in the polls behind him get their breakthrough moments? good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. i'm here in the studios in new york. >> i'm john berman live in las vegas inside the venetian
theater. the site of the republican debate. it is tuesday, december 15th. it is 5:00 a.m. in the east. as you can see, we are ten seconds away from cracking the psychological barrier. 13 hours until the debates begin here tonight at 6:00 p.m. this is the venetian theater at the venetian las vegas. nine candidates will walk on the stage. empty right now. tonight it will be full of drama. donald trump is out in front. ben carson beside him. a new neighbor for donald trump is ted cruz. also up there is marco rubio, jeb bush, carly fiorina, chris christie, john kasich and rand paul. as we said, donald trump is out in front. way out in front in some cases in national polls. the cnn poll of polls shows him at 33%. ted cruz in second place. marco rubio in th